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The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC [Format Kindle]

Jesse Fink
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The best book I've ever read about AC/DC. --Mark Evans, former AC/DC bassist and author of Dirty Deeds. Recent books [about AC/DC]... didn't offer much to change our perception of the band. Jesse Fink's study of the Young brothers takes a different approach... giving us a different version of many stories, especially when it comes to the wheeling and dealing behind the rock. Fink is clearly in love with AC/DC, but he knows the old bird has some warts under her make-up, and doesn't shy away from revelations that cast the Youngs in a less than flattering light. --Rolling Stone. An excellent writer and storyteller--The Daily Telegraph. Fink can take a moment and turn it into a vivid experience. --The Australian By tracing the lives of 11 songs from the band's 40-plus-year career, Fink charts the history of the band's success and examines the recording process behind each song. - Publisher's Weekly This thought-provoking book definitely breaks some new ground. This one's a must-read for fans. --Library Journal

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"Fink's look at the band addresses the question that he believes most mainstream rock critics have never been able to answer about AC/DC: 'Why have they endured and resonated with hundreds of millions of people and inculcated such fierce loyalty and outright fanaticism?' The answer is the unrelenting tenacity of the Young brothers... fascinating."
- Publishers Weekly 
"This thought-provoking book definitely breaks some new ground. Arrangement by chapters dedicated to specific songs is a satisfying way of telling the AC/DC story while providing music criticism. Scholarly fans will appreciate the bibliography. This one's a must-read for fans."
- Library Journal
"A great narrative... it has one very simple, very powerful message for those who would like to dismiss AC/DC as childish hacks: 'Stop being so bloody pretentious!' Thank you, Jesse Fink, for talking some sense into me. 'No matter how hard you try not to react to their music, it's impossible. You cannot listen to an album like Back in Black and not move,' Fink tells me. 'That's what I wanted to celebrate with this book -- the idea that it's okay to rock.' Damn straight, it's about time somebody said it."
- Clark Boyd, PRI's The World 
"A rare, raw look at a band who strove, in many ways very successfully, to keep its business dealings behind closed doors. That is until now."
- BJ Lisko, The Canton Repository, Ohio
"A fantastic new AC/DC book... Fink did a great job. Essential for an AC/DC fan to read."
- Carter Alan, 100.7 WZLX, Massachusetts
"The latest, greatest 'rock read'... an awesome book."
- Buck McWilliams, Gater 98.7 FM, Florida
"An astounding - astounding - book."
- Bill Meyer, KMED, Oregon
"An excellent read."
- Ryan Gatenby, WBIG, Illinois
"The best book on AC/DC ever written."
- Dan Rivers, WKBN, Ohio
"I loved this book."
- Arroe Collins, WRFX, North Carolina
"Outstanding."
- Mark Mayfield, KSLX, Arizona

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Le livre d'un fan frustré et jaloux 28 août 2014
Par V. Didier
Format:Format Kindle
Ce monsieur est un fan, comme vous et moi. Il décide d'écrire un livre sur ACDC. Il s'étonne de ne pas être reçu par les membres du groupe. Et bien, je ne sais pas pour vous mais cela ne m'étonne guère. Il n'y a dans ce livre aucune infirmation de première main de membres actuels du groupe ou de son équipe. D'autre part les gens interviewés sont uniquement des gens remerciés par ACDC ou même qui ont un contentieux avec le groupe. Difficile de parler dans une telle situation d'objectivité...
Mieux les témoignages des gens faisant remarquer que les questions de l'auteur sont oiseuses et orientées sont disséqués de manière à les rendre moins crédibles.
Les critiques fournies sur les ouvrages portant sur le groupe sont amusantes, l'auteur ne veut pas d'interview de personnes étrangères: il n'a que ça. Il s'offusque de ce que le seul livre ayant des interviews des membres du groupe ait été soumis à l'approbation des frères Young alors que bien sur ce n'est que normal (on se doit de soumettre le texte d'une interview à son interlocuteur avant de la publier).

AU total le livre d'un gaillard qui est mécontent de n'avoir pas été reçu quand d'autres l'ont été et qui vomit sa rage dans les deux tiers du livres (sachant que certaines fois son "opinion" frise l'injure, je ne doute pas que Brian Johnson apprécie à sa juste valeur certains commentaires à son égard.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must-have for every AC/DC fan! 27 août 2014
Par Phil Doherty - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Being a musician in Sydney during the era that AC/DC was born, and also being an Easybeats “tragic”, I was immediately attracted to this book, and was interested to see what sort of job that the author would do, considering the tight security that all of the Youngs threw over their privacy.
I was fortunate enough to do some session work at Alberts studio around 1974/75 with a band named Jackie Christian and Flight, which included my good friend and drummer Tony Currenti. Tony and I were both huge fans of the Easybeats and for us to work with Harry Vanda and George Young was a huge honour.
We weren’t disappointed. George Young was a musical genius, very down to earth, but with a brain that was always three or four steps ahead of everyone else. He knew what he wanted and if he didn’t get it, you were out and the next person was in.
I also knew that he was working with his younger brothers Malcolm and Angus, who I had met briefly through a school friend of mine named Ed Golab.
During this period, AC/DC were working on their first album, and after Flight’s sessions were finished, George would come and grab Tony Currenti and get him to play on the AC/DC tracks. Tony was exactly what George was looking for in a drummer, and with George playing bass and Tony on drums, the powerful rhythm section for the first AC/DC album was laid down. When mixed with the guitar sounds of Malcolm and Angus, something new and lethal was born. It was pure powerage rock n roll and if it didn’t hit you right between the eyes and invade your senses, then my friend, you belonged in the morgue.
Much to my delight, Jesse Fink had really done his homework and his inclusion of people like Tony Currenti. Mark Evans, and most importantly of all, George Young, as protagonists in the story of the genesis of AC/DC, gave his book “The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC”, immediate street cred.
I got myself a copy of the book and started reading on a Friday night and I literally could not put the book down until I had finished it early Sunday morning. I was totally engrossed in the story on so many levels. It is the best music bio I have read, not only about the Australian music scene in the late 60's early 70's, but just generally about the complex and ruthless business of getting music product onto the world market.

As an AC/DC fan myself, it was the first book that I had read about them that came from a new and important angle. Fink had tracked down the people that had kick started the band and their sound, and had then gone on to meet the people who had put AC/DC over the line, to make them one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Take just for example the story of Mark Opitz's relentless search for the 'gold' Marshall; the Mutt Lange/Tony Platt era; the assistance AC/DC received along the way from an extraordinary diverse group of people, simply because they loved the music. Jesse Fink sounded like he was right there in the studio with them and also at every important business meeting that was to have an impact on their fate.
He also writes about the incredible work ethic of Malcolm and Angus and their total belief in themselves. They were going to overcome anything that was thrown in their way – their attitude was that nothing was going to stop them! And here again, Fink‘s inclusion of older brother George’s part in the band’s success is crucial. Most bands that came up against the extraordinary trials, and the out of left field business decisions that large music conglomerates make, can all too often have their spirits crushed. But in AC/DC there were 3 brothers, bonded by blood and love, who were going to take on the world and win.
AC/DC also had a wild card, in the shape of the extraordinary Bon Scott. Fink’s telling of Bon’s story, was an eye opener for me. An amazing story, in a wonderful book that takes you on a wild journey with the musical legends, who said it all when they wrote “It’s a long way to the Top”. It sure was, and Jesse Fink’s book takes you along for the ride.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The Brothers Grimm 23 novembre 2014
Par Jimi Jac - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
This is an odd biography; it has a kind of liner narrative, starting from the late sixties, up until “Back in Black” (it does carry on after that, but it’s a pretty slim part of the book).
Fink does start of trying to explain why AC/DC have such mass appeal, & what makes their music so good how the relationship between the three brothers Young contributed to their success, but then it deteriorates to a roll call of people who feel like they have been hard done by the band, such as Tony Currenti who claims to have played drums on “High Voltage”, but not received a penny in royalties, the same with Gerard Huerta who designed the AC/DC logo.
In fairness Fink does try to show both sides of the argument, but constantly reminds the reader that the band will not consent to an interview.
There’s also a constant criticism of fellow AC/DC authors, which is a little unfair, as they are not given the opportunity to reply to Finks accusations.
The most disappointing part of the book (a whole chapter is given over to it), is the conspiracy theory that Bon Scott wrote all the lyrics for “Back in Black”, it like Elvis supposedly faking his own death to escape from the media spot light.
But the worst accusation that Fink makes, is that since “Back in Black”, the only decent song the band have written is “Thunderstruck”, & the only reason that AC/DC are still so popular is that models & celebrities wear AC/DC t-shirts!
It is a shame that there is so much negativity in this book, as Fink is a good writer, & one wonders if there is something he’s not telling that contributed to the dark tone of the Bio.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Finally a true "must read" for real AC/DC fans 6 août 2014
Par T. Donald - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I'm a massive AC/DC fan. I even have their logo tattooed on me.
But I'm not a knee-jerk fan-boy. Not everything that comes out about them (or even any album they've done in the last 20 years) automatically gets the thumbs-up from me.
But this book is an exception. It's a ****ing stunner. Why? Because the Young brothers wouldn't cooperate with or even talk to the author, which forced him to dig behind the scenes, find people who would talk, and unearth never-before-heard stories.
If you're a true fan - and there are millions of us out there - it truly is a must read. You'll never look at the Youngs in the same way again, or love them more than you already do. A book for the ages..
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A brilliant book that all AC/DC fans must own. 23 août 2014
Par O. Fowler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Firstly, ignore the 1 star review - the reviewer almost certainly hasn't read the book and appears to have a malicious agenda. This is a place to review the book itself, not defame the author.

Where to start? Firstly this is a book which rocks along at a great pace. For any of fan of AC/DC this book will probably be devoured in one or two sittings. It's stuffed full of great, expert insight into the deeply complex brothers who gave the world the most direct band ever to have turned on guitar amps. At no point during the book does it feel as though the subjects are not deserving of the care and attention Jesse Fink has put into getting to the root of their genius. Malcolm and Angus are arguably two of the most beloved musicians on earth - this great book affords them the deference they deserve yet does not flinch from the truth. This only serves to make it an even more fascinating read, a read that is all about integrity, information and humanity - and the core of the biggest rock band of all time. It's a read which will get most of the readers as close to Malcolm and Angus as is possible, this makes it even more poignant and powerful given Malcolm's fragile health.

The real star of this book though, is Tony Currenti. I'm not going to give the story away, you'll have to buy the book for that. Tony's story is part tragedy, part inspiration - especially if you follow his progress after the book was first published. It frames Jesse Fink's attitude to writing perfectly: that special talent of being able to delve deeper to find the story to find raw humanity in a subject - and it's always a subject he cares deeply about. He does that wonderfully well with Tony's heartbreaking yet uplifting story.

If you are fan of AC/DC then buy this book right now. It's as simple as that: you must read it. It's one of the best, if not the best, AC/DC book ever written. Enjoy!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 For those about to rock... 2 décembre 2013
Par Shelleyrae - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
From TNT to It’s a Long Way To The Top (if you want to rock-n-roll) to Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Highway To Hell, the music of AC/DC has spoken to generations of Australian ‘bogan’ youths wearing torn denim jeans, flannel shirts and ugh boots. This year, AC/DC celebrates 40 years since its formation in 1973 having spawned 26 albums, From High Voltage released in 1975 to Live at RiverPlate in 2012, and more than 200 million in album sales.

At the core of the Australian band’s international success are guitarists, and brothers, Malcolm and Angus Young. Emigrating from Scotland to Perth, Australia with their family in the early 1960′s, the boys were encouraged by the success of their older brother George in the industry, who earned fame as a songwriter/producer for bands such as The Seekers and The Easybeats.

The Youngs are notoriously insular, granting few access to their inner circle and zealously guarding the control of their music and its vast business interests, consistently refused to contribute to any biographical work, though there have been several published over the years. Similarly Fink was unable to gain the cooperation of the Youngs or those close to them, so the biographical details of this book have been pieced together from known facts and the recollections of ‘a whole host of forgotten and unheralded people’ who have been a part of AC/DC’s journey, though in the end, Fink discovered, “There was no truth, no definitive AC/DC story, there were many different versions.”

But that wasn’t really an issue for Fink as for him The Youngs is, ‘Less a biography, more a critical appreciation’, “ultimately, about the power of their music and how they built the colossus of AC/DC.” This is a band that has endured despite the replacement of their lead singer (Bon Scott with Brian Johnson), and still command sell out performances despite the fact the band members are now in their 60′s.

Exploring the reasons why AC/DC shot to fame, why their music remains popular what makes AC/DC unique is at the heart of this book. Seeking the opinions of industry experts and insiders, Fink reveals some of the behind the scenes secrets and little known facts about the band’s development and management, exposing the crises, the arguments, the betrayals and the controversies. Fink also spends some time tracing AC/DC’s relationship with Atlantic records and their entry into the US music scene.

The music of AccaDacca (as they are affectionately known) is part of the soundtrack of my own life, though regrettably I never saw them live in their prime, being just that bit too young at the time. An accessible read, offering plenty of well researched details, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is a book for ardent fans and music aficionados, and the head-banging ‘bogan’ that still lurks beneath the present day middle class veneer. The best way to read this is to drag out those old vinyl records or load up your playlist, turn it up loud and let AC/DC so what it does best…rock!
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